Several years ago, I ate at a restaurant in Minneapolis called Panneoeken. They served these giant puff pancakes right in the skillet, topped with assorted kinds of breakfasty goodness. You could get one topped with a bacon-and-egg scramble, sausage and potatoes, or fresh fruit and whipped cream. It was delicious. And to be honest, it was just fun saying, “pannekoeken” over and over. It doesn’t take much to entertain me.
Fast forward 20 years. I was thinking about these delicious puff pancakes a while back, so I did some searching online, which is how I find a lot of my recipes. Well, in addition to browsing through my collection of a gazillion cookbooks. In my research, I learned that one of these Dutch puff pancakes is called a pannekoek. Pannekoeken is plural. And it’s one of my favorite words … right up there with my favorite Spanish word, pelicula.
I was half expecting something complicated when I went on my recipe search, but found this dish couldn’t be much simpler. Here’s what you need:
1/2 stick butter
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup milk
Toppings of your choice
Melt your butter and pour it into a pie plate or a skillet that can go into the oven. I used a Pyrex dish since my pie plate had recently shattered into a million pieces, and it worked just fine. Mix the remaining ingredients together (minus the toppings) and pour into your pan or pie plate, on the melted butter. Bake for 25 minutes or so at 400 degrees F., until the pastry is puffed and golden.
If you want, you could add your toppings halfway through. This would be good if you were using a fruit filling with a streusel or crisp topping, or an egg and meat combo with cheese on top.
The pannekoek will puff up as it finishes baking, but will deflate fairly quickly, so serve it as soon as it comes out of the oven. It’s still delicious even after it de-puffs a bit, so refrigerate leftovers and enjoy them later.
My kids were impressed by the fancy puffy pancake, and it was actually much easier and much less time-consuming than making regular pancakes. Give this easy dish a try, and have fun saying, “pannekoeken!”